Resurgent Canucks ready for Wild stuff

Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin (R) celebrates his goal with brother Henrik during the second...

Vancouver Canucks' Daniel Sedin (R) celebrates his goal with brother Henrik during the second period of their NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Alberta, March 12, 2011. (REUTERS)

HOSEA CHEUNG, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

The Canucks may just want to stay on the road with the way things are going.

Vancouver swept a five-game road trip for the first time since 1992, capping off the impressive stretch with a 4-3 victory Saturday over the Calgary Flames.

They are now just one win shy of tying the franchise record for most road victories (23) in a season.

But alas, the team returns home for a three-game stand at Rogers Arena starting Monday. And they will be looking to play spoiler yet again, this time against the offensively-challenged Minnesota Wild.

The Canucks' Northwest Division rival were four points out of a playoff spot prior to Sunday night, stuck in 11th spot with 77 points. They have just two wins in their last seven and are coming off consecutive shutout losses – to Nashville and Dallas. The Wild haven't scored since the dying seconds of a 5-2 win March 8, and will be up against a Canucks squad that have scored three or more goals in each of their past five games.

A major part of that offensive outburst, no surprises of course, are the Sedins. Henrik and Daniel have combined for 19 points on the road trip, with the latter increasing his lead on Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos to five points in the scoring race.

"You need your best players to be at their best to win games," coach Alain Vigneault said. "That being said, though, I think one of the reasons why we've won on a consistent basis is we've been able to get contribution from different sources on any different night."

Monday in Vancouver, however, one contributor may be all the Canucks need against the goal-starved Wild.


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